In praise of Sir Roger Moore.

Ford Marketing struck a deal with ITV to provide the cars for free BL charged them for their products
Hence in the shows in the 70's the bad guys always drive BL or Foreign and the good guys are in Fast Fords
Yep.
Peddling shit, as I said.
Eralier in the thread I mentioned the Saint Volvo deal, where Jag didn't want any more e Type publicity!
And BLC being snotty about Italian Job minis.
And we wonder why they went out of business?
Back to Sir Roger/James bond...
Notice a lack of BL products?
Except the overheating Sherpa, which I suspect was a dig by the producers.
And what wonders did Bond placement do for Aston Martin, and even the 2CV?
 
He made much of it in his autobiography, but it read almost as if she were a 'beard', and he was actually one of life's 'confirmed bachelors'.
Known in ARRSE parlance as a "Yokel".
 
Known in ARRSE parlance as a "Yokel".
He walted about his wartime service as well, and reserach into his claims re his girfriend show she was pretty much a figment of his imagination.
Still, he did some great work with a telescope.
And xylophone.
Oh, and somewhere there exists a video of a Roger narrating carnival of Animals, with Patrick tinkling away.
 
No sorry, he was the best Bond. For a start Bond was the quintessential English gentleman, so that immediately rules out Connery despite any claimed acting ability.

My arrse, he was.

Ian Fleming gave Bond a Scottish father and Swiss mother; orphaned at 11 and educated in Scotland and Switzerland having been removed from Eton following an incident with a maid.

Incidentally, Moore is saved from the ignominy of being the worst Bond ever only because of Woody Allen's performance as Jimmy Bond in Casino Royale.

As for his acting ability, Moore seemed to have taken Noel Coward's advice on board - “Speak clearly, don’t bump into people, and if you must have motivation think of your pay packet on Friday.”.

It was a mercy when they finally recast Bond before Moore had the franchise degenerate into releasing a cartoon mishmash called "Who Framed Ernst Stavro Blofeld?" or somesuch.
 
My arrse, he was.

Ian Fleming gave Bond a Scottish father and Swiss mother; orphaned at 11 and educated in Scotland and Switzerland having been removed from Eton following an incident with a maid.

Incidentally, Moore is saved from the ignominy of being the worst Bond ever only because of Woody Allen's performance as Jimmy Bond in Casino Royale.

Agreed.
And I don’t really get the whole Woody Allen thing. Played the same type of character in every film. Completely and totally over rated (IMHO).

As for his acting ability, Moore seemed to have taken Noel Coward's advice on board - “Speak clearly, don’t bump into people, and if you must have motivation think of your pay packet on Friday.”.

It was a mercy when they finally recast Bond before Moore had the franchise degenerate into releasing a cartoon mishmash called "Who Framed Ernst Stavro Blofeld?" or somesuch.

How the very dare you! Heresy! Stone the disbeliever!
 
One of the things I like best about The Saint is that at the beginning of each episode he does a two minute piece to camera famous/infamous/notorious Simon Templar and a halo magically appears above his head. Talking to the viewer like this is pretty unusual today, but as far as I know it was unheard of in the mid-sixties.
In the fifties Jack Warner as Pc George Dixon topped and tailed each episode of Dixon of Dock Green by talking directly to camera.
Merle Oberon did a similar thing as a war correspondent in Assignment Foreign Legion. Roger Moore played an English legionnaire in one episode.
 
I remember the plot of one episode of Assignment Foreign Legion because it was so cleverly done. Two officers fought a pistol duel; the first fired and missed. The opponent enquired of the umpires if there was any time limit for him to return fire, and it was decided that there was not. The man who had not fired then built up the pressure on his opponent over several years, whenever and wherever they ran into each other always hinting, insinuating, that he was ready to shoot at almost any moment. In the end the victim went off his nut.
God love us, I watched that 65 years ago !
 
Agreed.
And I don’t really get the whole Woody Allen thing. Played the same type of character in every film. Completely and totally over rated (IMHO).



How the very dare you! Heresy! Stone the disbeliever!

I dunno. There's been a couple of films where he's pulled it out of the bag, but yes, I agree, he's basically the same character. It depends on who else is there if he's good or not.

So, basically, talented, but limited, and relying on the Jewish thing to propel his career.
 
I dunno. There's been a couple of films where he's pulled it out of the bag, but yes, I agree, he's basically the same character. It depends on who else is there if he's good or not.

So, basically, talented, but limited, and relying on the Jewish thing to propel his career.
Well there was that pastiche in cannonball run…
 
I think not, my colonial friend, McNee drove a Jaguar XJ12-C, a 5.3 liter, V12 model built for the track, Purdey drove a Jaguar XJS and Gambit drove a Triumph TR7.
Purdey drove an MGB Roadster and a TR7 in Series 1. Gambit had a Rover SD1 in that series. Range Rovers also appeared.

Steed’s Jaguar had the body kit from the Broadspeed XJ12Cs raced in the European Touring Car Championship. It was otherwise standard, with none of the extensive racing modifications.

Drifting further, the XJ12C was about the most unsuitable racing car ever built. But boy, they were spectacular. I have clear memories of another quintessential Englishman, Derick Bell, hurling the thing around Silverstone. It broke, of course.

But BL came back later are dominated the ETC with the Rover 3500 and then the TWR XJS.
 
Yes GRP on a Chassis with usually a nice big ford engine
Princess Anne used to own one ( and get nicked speeding in it)
I saw here driving it out of Gatcombe one day, as we went through Hampton fields she pissed past me
good looking girl in a good looking car

ISTR the number plate on that car was 1420H
 
Drifting further, the XJ12C was about the most unsuitable racing car ever built. But boy, they were spectacular. I have clear memories of another quintessential Englishman, Derick Bell, hurling the thing around Silverstone. It broke, of course.
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Just out of interest, can anyone identify the grill/bumper/radiator (God knows what they are properly called) badges in the middle picture) the round one apoears to have been transferred from the car in the first picture.
Middle one - Hussars cap badge (Colonel-in-Chief)?
 
Just out of interest, can anyone identify the grill/bumper/radiator (God knows what they are properly called) badges in the middle picture) the round one apoears to have been transferred from the car in the first picture.

The second one is her Middlebridge Scimitar (they took on the rights for the type in the 80s), and the cap badge representation is mentioned here
 

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